Aran Islands RNLI called for multiple medical incidents in one morning

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It was a busy start to the week for the Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat crew as they were sent running back and forth for medical evacuations on Monday.

The Aran Islands lifeboat crew were first called out at 11:30am on Monday to the neighbouring island of Inis Meain where an elderly man needed medical attention.

But before they even had a chance to launch, a second call came in of a woman there on Inis Mór who was also in need of greater medical attention than she could get on the island.

Once the woman was safely aboard the all-weather lifeboat, the volunteer crew launched and proceeded to Inis Meain.

Weather conditions at the time of launching were moderate with poor visibility but with calm seas and a south east wind blowing force 4 to 5.

At Inis Meain the older man was also safely brought aboard, and the boat then proceeded to Ros a Mhíl Harbour, where an ambulance was waiting.

“A double call out to start the week, the volunteer crew members train regularly to make the minutes count and get to the incident and patient as fast as possible,” RNLI Coxswain John O’Donnell said of the incident.

“We would like to wish both patients a speedy recovery. Never hesitate to call 999 or 112 if you see someone in trouble and ask for the Coast Guard.”